10 Essential Excel Keyboard Shortcuts for Navigating Worksheets
Working in a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet can be a frustrating or pleasant experience. The difference likely lies in how productive you are with the software .
Having to hunt through menus for everything is no fun. Keyboard shortcuts help you access your most-used functions instantly, and you can even make your own .
Here are some of the most useful Excel shortcuts you should keep in mind for regular use:
- F2 lets you edit the selected cell.
- F4 repeats the last action you took.
- Ctrl + Alt + V opens the Paste Special menu. Here you can choose to paste the value, formula, formatting, and more of your copied text.
- Ctrl + A selects the entire worksheet.
- Alt + = will automatically add the values in a row, column, or table and create a SUM function in the current cell.
- Ctrl + ; will enter the current date.
- Ctrl + T opens the Insert Table dialogue.
- Ctrl + Shift + Arrow key will extend your selection as far as data goes. For instance, say you have a column with 10 items in it. Select the top cell, use this shortcut, and Excel will select all the cells.
- Ctrl + 1 opens the Format Cells dialogue. This lets you change number, alignment, font, and more properties without poking through the Ribbon menu.
- If you ever lose track of your current cell, press Ctrl + Backspace.
- Press Ctrl + Home to return to cell A1.
For many more of these, check out our guide to Excel shortcuts .
Which Excel shortcuts do you use regularly? Tell us which keyboard shortcuts you can’t live without in the comments!
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